CIPC #3: Port mortem

“Post mortem” is the slightly macabre but very apt term chess players use for the after-game analysis with one’s opponent, where one looks at the most useless variations and is astonished by one’s own stupidity. So when I encountered the 2002 computer game called “post mortem” I hoped, for just a happy second, that it would be chess themed. Such, alas, is not the case. Instead, it is a murder mystery point-and-click game. You take on the role of Gus MacPherson, a former private eye working as a painter in Paris. He is called back to his former job to investigate the murder of two other Americans. It’s a rather messy affair, with decapitations, blood spatters, ritual murders – all standard stuff. Until you stumble upon the following gruesome scene:

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CIPC #2: The mentalist, S1 E3: Red tide

I have quite a high tolerance for mediocre mystery fiction – and “mediocre mystery fiction” happens to be a perfect description of the American television series The Mentalist. It’s about Patrick Jane, a former psychic who helps the police as a consultant. His wife and daughter have been killed, but he is played by Simon Baker so that evens out. In episode three of the first season, Red tide, we can spot him – or rather his right hand, like Nessie chomping down on a bishop – playing chess with a surfer dude:

The Mentalist S1 E3 The Red Tide 2

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CIPC #1: The smurfs, Vol.10: The Smurf Soup

Ah, the Smurfs! The little blue guys don’t need an introduction, I think, but I will give them one anyway. Here goes: the smurfs were, according to wikipedia, introduced by Peyo in Johan and Peewit in 1958 and got their own series the year after. Since then, they have become what is perhaps Belgium’s most famous export product.1 Here, the smurfs are in the middle of a game of chess with live pieces.

De Smurfen Vol.10 Smurfensoep

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